Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Visual Allure of History

Last week we had a visit from a local portrait photographer and historical object enthusiast, Jake Shivery. He wanted to use the alluring background of the History of Medicine room's beautiful wood bookcases for one of his portraits.
Shivery himself, uses a historical artifact to make his portraits.You'll notice in the image below the photographer behind a large format Deardorff 8x10 camera.

While we don't have any Deardorff cameras over in HC&A, we do own a few interesting pieces of equipment that have been used for medical imaging. Take, for instance, the Coreco portable camera, which was used in operating rooms. It's part of the Medical Museum Collection. In this collection as well is an old stereoscope. You can view any of these items by making an appointment; and maybe even view some of the stereoptic slides showing dermatological conditions.

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